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Blue Cave: Day Trips and Tours from Split

The Blue Cave is one of the most famous landmarks in Croatia. Sculpted by the sea over the centuries, the cavern is hidden away on a remote yet accessible island in the Adriatic.

This natural wonder is renowned for the ethereal light that penetrates the cavern at certain times of day, creating an enchanting blue aura.

You can take a Blue Cave day trip from Split, and see it for yourself.

How to get to the Blue Cave from Split?

The Blue Cave is on Biševo, one of the islands lying offshore from mainland Croatia. You can enjoy a day trip to the Blue Cave from Split but planning ahead is recommended.

From Split to the Blue Cave by public transport

The journey to the Blue Cave from Split can be undertaken independently, although timings are essential so check the schedule before heading out.

You will need to ride the ferry from Split to Vis Island, which takes 2.5 hours. Then enjoy a 15-minute bus ride to Komiža before hopping on the ferry to Porat on Biševo Island.

Guided tour to the Blue Cave from Split

Taking a guided Blue Cave day trip from Split is the easiest and most enjoyable way to visit. Once you’ve made your way to the meeting point, it’s all aboard for a cruise along the coast, with island spotting and swimming along the way. These guided excursions last a full day with round-trip boat transport from Split harbor.

How much does the entrance ticket to the Blue Cave cost?

Entrance tickets to the Blue Cave are usually included in the price of your tour. Do check the excursion information to confirm this is the case for your selected provider.

If you are visiting independently on a Blue Cave day trip, tickets cost the following:

Adults

  • April – June: 75 HRK ($11.40)
  • July – August: 100 HRK ($15.25)
  • September – October: 75 HRK ($11.40)

Children 6 – 12 years

  • April – June: 35 HRK ($5.30)
  • July – August: 50 HRK ($7.60)
  • September – October: 35 HRK ($5.30)

Children under six years go free.

You can purchase tickets at the gift shop beside the cave entrance.

What is the typical itinerary of a day tour to the Blue Cave from Split?

Although a few operators offer a hotel pick-up, most Blue Cave day trips from Split have a meeting point at the harbor. You’ll be traveling by motor boat and visiting five or six different islands on this full-day tour.

First up is the Blue Cave so you can visit when the light is at its best. Entrance is on smaller boats with timed slots.

The Blue Cave day tour continues with refreshments at Komiža village on Vis Island, swimming in Stinivia Cove, and snorkeling off Budikovac Island.

Many tours finish with some free time and lunch in the historic town of Hvar before returning you to Split.

What kind of tours are available to go to the Blue Cave?

There are several different types of Blue Cave day trips to choose from, with shared and private options both available. All tours offer snorkeling equipment so you can enjoy time exploring underwater on your swimming stops.

Guided boat tour to the Blue Cave from Split

The most popular Blue Cave day trips from Split are the small-group excursions that also take in several other sights along the way. This shared experience is a great way to keep costs down while seeing the scenery in style.

You will travel by motor yacht or speedboat and depart from the harbor in Split.

All-inclusive boat trip to the Blue Cave from Split

These day tours to the Blue Cave from Split operate in a similar way to the guided trips above but head off earlier to beat the crowds.

All-inclusive excursions provide breakfast as well as a delicious grilled lunch by a summer house in a private bay. You can also enjoy alcoholic drinks and snacks on board while you are sailing between destinations.

Towels, restrooms, and wi-fi are all available onboard.

Private tour to the Blue Cave from Split

Up the luxury with a private Blue Cave excursion and avoid the crowds by having your own customizable itinerary. Wind jackets are provided on some boats in case it gets a bit blowy out on the water.

Some tours offer all-inclusive options with lunch in a private restaurant on Vis Island, plus breakfast and snacks back on the boat.

How much does a tour to the Blue Cave from Split cost?

Guided day trips to the Blue Cave from Split cost between $97 - $149 per person, depending on the size of vessel, and length of tour. Lunch and snacks are not included.

All-inclusive Blue Cave excursions start at $185 per person. These include breakfast, lunch, snacks, alcoholic drinks, and towels.

For private Blue Cave tours from Split expect to pay $652 for five passengers, or $1030 for eight people. You will have an exclusive vessel and guide, as well as a flexible schedule.

The all-inclusive private Blue Cave jaunts with breakfast, lunch, and snacks cost $2482 for up to 14 participants.

What will you see and do in the Blue Cave?

The only way to experience the Blue Cave is on a boat trip from Split, as it is only accessible by sea. Small vessels can float through the low tunnel entrance, transporting you into a secretive and otherworldly realm. Inside, the cave is 79 feet long and 50 feet high in places, so only a few boats can enter at once.

The Blue Light

Also known as the “Blue Grotto”, this magical cave is a true wonder of nature. It’s one of the most famous show caves in Europe, thanks to the mysterious blue glow that lights up the rocky limestone walls.

During your Blue Cave day trip, you’ll learn how this hypnotizing grotto was formed, and discover why the color inside is so vivid. It’s beautiful at any time of day, but when conditions allow, the cavern is illuminated in soft blue light. This occurs when the sun’s rays shine through a small opening in the roof and reflect off the seabed.

You will have about 15 minutes inside the Blue Cave, which is plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and take some photos from the boat.

Biševo Island

The Blue Cave is located on the tiny island of Biševo in the heart of the Dalmatian archipelago. While you are waiting for your entry slot into the cave, you can explore this remote islet and its pretty coves.

It’s a tranquil island, with just a handful of permanent inhabitants and only visited by tourists on day tours to the Blue Cave from Split.

When is the Blue Cave open over the year?

The Blue Cave is actually open all year round, but you can only access it between April and October when boat tours are in operation. The sea conditions are generally too unpredictable for excursions to run during the rest of the year.

When is the best time to visit the Blue Cave?

The optimum time for a day trip to the Blue Cave in Croatia is between June and August when the weather is warm and sunny. However, this is peak season, so it does get busy.

To avoid the crowds and still enjoy pleasant temperatures, come in May or September.

For photography, the best light falls in the cave between 11 AM and noon on sunny mornings, although it’s beautiful at any time of day.

Are there any tours to the Blue Cave from other cities in Croatia?

Yes, there are other tours departing from other cities in Croatia:

Travel tips

  • Book your Blue Cave day tour online, well in advance of your visit as places do sell out during summer.
  • If you are taking an independent day trip to the Blue Cave from Split, you will be given a ticket number. Watch the display and when your number is shown, you can enter.
  • Most tours offer swimming stops along the way so dress appropriately and take a towel if one is not provided. Swimming in the cave itself is prohibited.
  • Flash photography is not allowed inside the cave, but otherwise, you are welcome to snap away.